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Fri, Jun 24th - 9:53AM

Could your job be replaced by a robot or computer program?
This is an interesting question and to have fun with it I am going to go down a list of possible careers.

Accountant - Could Toronto accountants some day be replaced by computer programs? I think so. Erase the middle man. As businesses continually use wired transfers of funds, a website like PayPal for example might in the future offer an accounting service which is "free" and erases the need to hire a regular accountant. Same goes when you are doing your income taxes. We already have computer programs which can do it for you.

Actor - In theory actors could never be replaced... but what if we created digital versions of Marilyn Monroe? Its not like she had children who would be upset by someone using her face, name and digital voice... so its certainly a possibility. Even the voice could be digital recreated using records of Marilyn Monroe's real voice.

Architect - I would argue no. Architects are too much like artists. But it would be possible to create a program which simplifies the engineering aspects of architecture so that people don't need an engineering degree to design a building. Such a program, ie. "Sim Architect", would also run simulations to see if the building could withstand earthquakes, flooding, wind damage and attack by a Godzilla like monster.

Bookkeeping Clerk - Diddo on the accountant. Really whats the difference?

Carpenter - Well... what if in the future houses were pre-assembled in a factory using robots and then shipped in smaller pieces, assembled by cybernetic organisms (Terminators anyone?). The same rule applies to furniture and other forms of carpentry. So someone who does Ottawa roofing or windows or whatever would be put out of a job by a team of robots who could do the job more efficiently with no coffee breaks.

Chemist - Hmm... robots mixing chemicals in proper proportions in a lab, eliminating the hands on human approach? Yes, doable. They could be told to do hundreds of chemistry tasks per day.

Childcare Worker - Probably much more difficult to do this one... but who knows. Remember that TV has been raising American children since the 1950s.

Computer Engineer - Obviously not. Not unless they design Artificial Intelligence that can create better versions of itself.

Court Reporter - Yup, easily done. Just stick several video cameras in there to watch the proceedings, a computer algorithm to determine what things said were most important and a series of editing software to whittle it down a bit.

Dancer - Yes, I think it would be possible to create robotic dancers.

Doctor - This is certainly a field where robotic surgeons are making headway, but diagnosing patients is another matter. The best a computer program could do is determine possible diagnoses and recommend tests to determine which diagnosis is accurate.

Economist - Yes, a computer program could be designed to predict this. Very complicated and yet to be done, but certainly a possibility.

Electrician - Same goes with carpenters. A robot could totally do it.

Farmer - Yes, robotic farmers. Up all night and all day tending the crops. Might even scare the rabbits away.

HR Staff - Who would need human resources in a world full of robots, computer programs and engineers?

IT Staff - Will we need people to fix the machines? Yes. We have yet to build machines which last indefinitely and work perfectly. But maybe we can someday design machines which fix and oil themselves.

Judge - This is certainly a possibility, especially for traffic court. But cases where the question of humanity comes into play a proper judge would be better. I'd argue however that we should stricter controls on watching courts for signs of corruption or judges under too much stress.

Lawyer - Yes, get rid of all the lawyers and their high fees.

Librarian - Easily done.

Massage Therapist - Yes, I could see a robot doing that.

Musician - Possible. Don't see why not. Just have to play the notes they're programmed to do. Don't even need the musical instrument.

Nurse - See doctor above. Robotic nurses might be better and less likely to mistreat / ignore patients, especially in elderly homes.

Olympic Athlete - Well obviously these would have to be human... but what happens if watching robot sports become more popular than watching human sports?

Photographer - Like the artist, impossible to replace.

Real Estate Agent - No robot needed, a computer program could do this just by itself. Matching buyers with sellers.

Robotics Engineers - Well we will definitely need whole armies of these guys. Somebody has to design them in the first place.

Veternarian - See doctor. A robotic vet could do some of the jobs a regular vet does. Especially rabies shots and neutering.

Volcanologist - Might actually be better to have robots warning us about when volcanos might erupt. Takes out the human error and ego problem. Same goes with earthquakes.

Website Designer - Yes, computer programs are already designing websites using templates... but they look horrible compared to anything made by a professional.

Zoo Keeper - Robots feeding the lions? Yup, totally doable.

Okay so what is left for humans to do? Sit around in our sunrooms and play on the internet? Fix robots? Rebet against the Terminators / Robo Cops of the future? Make art, dance, play music and frolick.

Maybe. Or maybe we will become space explorers because we're bored of this robot filled planet. Difficult to say.

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Wed, Jun 15th - 4:25AM

In Defense of Pass L or Pass Links
Hello Fellow WebRingites / WebRingers / WebRingesses!

We are going to stand up and say the following...


Pass Links is what happens when professional websites join webring and want to look professional. Looking professional is very important for a website's reputation, especially depending on what business you are in. ie. Architect, doctor, lawyer, politician, website designer... even the lowly plumber wants to look professional about their work.

That is why many websites out there prefer to use Pass L on their websites. Because they're professionals and they want to continue looking like professionals so they can bring in the necessary clients (which in turn pays for their mortgage and puts bread on the table).

If webring masters/mistresses only limit their webrings to people who Pass (but no Pass Link websites) they are limiting themselves only to the amateurs of their particular field. This is bad for their webring's vitality and also bad for the reputation of WebRing as a whole because it denotes that only amateurs use webring (while I would argue WebRing is an untapped goldmine for businesses).

We urge WebRing and its webring masters/mistresses... ALLOW PASS L websites into your webrings. If you are truly vigilant in maintaining the quality of your webrings, then you won't regret it. True, there are some websites out there which try to extort the webring system via Pass L, but that is why you are supposed to be vigilant and check each website before you approve it anyway. Vigilance is a virtue.

Plus WebRing now has its wonderful preview mode, another deterrent against Pass L abusers.

We would argue however that Pass L abuse is extremely rare however and a little vigilance on the part of the webring masters/esses is all that is needed.

Speaking on behalf of the Lilith eZine's 300+ webrings we have NEVER had a problem with Pass L abusers. Mind you we are rather vigilant and we've been members of WebRing since the days of Geocities (ah, that brings back memories...)

And since our lack of problems despite managing so many webrings makes it pretty clear (to us at least) that Pass L abuse is really more of a bogey man, it becomes self evident that other webringers must feel the same about this fictional scary webringite who tries to abuse the system. Its like leprechauns, weapons of mass destruction and the tooth fairy.

True, we suppose its possible that there is WMD out there somewhere in Iraq... true there might be real Leprechauns hoarding gold, or real tooth fairies stealing people's teeth... but somehow we highly doubt it. And really its not worth fretting about because such worries are so minor.

What is worth fretting about is the quality and professionalism of WebRing and its community of people (regardless of whether they are professionals or amateurs, use Pass L or not).

The Lilith eZine Staff

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Tue, Jun 14th - 5:52PM

Webring: An Untapped Goldmine for SEO Entrepreneurs

Webring: An Untapped Goldmine for SEO Entrepreneurs

EXCERPT: I have been a member of since the late 1990s. Before it was taken over by Yahoo! Incorporated, long before they sold it to a handful of developers who have been running it ever since.

The concept of WebRing is simple: Websites on similar topics linked together in "rings" using a code (often at the bottom of the website) which links them all together. Visitors can browse the individual ring topic by clicking Next, Previous, Random, and so forth. Participants submit their website to the webrings of their choice, place the webring code (which comes in HTML or SSNB variety) on their website and wait to be approved by the "Ring Master" or "Ring Mistress" who controls/monitors that webring.

Within WebRing there is a myriad number of topics, often multiple webrings on the same or similar topic. ie. There is 171 webrings containing the word "Canada" and 39 webrings containing the word "Toronto". There is 174 on "website design". Suffice to say there is a lot of topics someone could submit their website to.

Read more at: The Value of WebRing: An Untapped Goldmine for SEO Entrepreneurs

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Thu, Jun 9th - 11:45AM

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